A Florida “resident for tuition purposes” is a person who has, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has, established and maintained legal residency in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which Florida residency is sought. Residence in Florida must be a bona fide domicile rather than for the purpose of maintaining a residence incident to enrollment at an institution of higher education.
To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, as defined by s. 1009.21, Florida Statutes, it will be necessary to present evidence of residency for tuition purposes. Students must meet one of the qualifications below:
Independent student – meet one of the following criteria:
There may be limited cases where a person under the age of 24 years old may qualify as an independent student. Such students will be required to verify independence (including financial independence.) A copy of your tax return may be requested to establish independence.
YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN DOCUMENTS FOR RESIDENCY VERIFICATION.
Dependent student (as defined by s. 1009.21(1)(a) Florida Statutes) - eligible to be claimed as a dependent under the federal income tax code. The claimant must be the student’s “parent” as defined by s. 1009.21(1)(f), Florida Statutes, (i.e., either or both parents of the student, any guardian of a student, or any person in a parental relationship to the student). A copy of the parent’s tax return may be requested to establish dependence.
YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR PARENT’S DOCUMENTS FOR RESIDENCY VERIFICATION.
Qualification by Exception:
Qualified beneficiary under the terms of the Florida Prepaid College Program (s. 1009.98, Florida Statutes.) (Required: Copy of Florida Prepaid Recipient card.)
Per s. 1009.21(3)(c), Florida Statutes, the residency determination must be documented by the submission of written or electronic verification that includes two or more of the documents identified below. No single piece of evidence shall be conclusive.
A. Claimant must provide at least one of the following of his/her personal documentation:
B. Claimant may provide one or more documents from the following categories to demonstrate residency in Florida (to be used in conjunction with one document from above):
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